Control over coordination self-assembly of flexible, multidentate ligands by stepwise metal coordination of isopyrazole subunits†
Structurally flexible oligoisopyrazole molecules were self-assembled into discrete complexes with structural diversity upon palladium coordination. Structural convergence was controlled by a stoichiometry change to induce stepwise metal coordination of isopyrazole subunits. Three different types of complexes were selectively generated from a diisopyrazole ligand. Furthermore, tetraisopyrazole ligands were quantitatively assembled into a discrete complex in a predictable manner.